Today is Ash Wednesday and many folks don’t know what that means. Here is a brief discription from Elliot Grudem & Bruce Benedict from their document ‘A brief Guide to Lent’
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday (March 9, 2011). Ash Wednesday provides an opportunity to remember our mortality and to ask God to “teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Ps. 90:12). It is also a time to remember Jesus’ promise in light of our mortality: “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die” (John 11:25-26).
We can, as Jesus encouraged Martha to, then reflect on that promise and answer ourselves, “Do you believe this?” (John 11:26). If we do believe it, as we consider our weakness and mortality and remember our salvation and the promises it holds, our heart should be overwhelmed with love for Jesus that helps us grow in our distaste for sin.The use of ashes in the observance of Ash Wednesday is rooted in the ancient biblical practice of severe repentance and contrition. You can read about it in Daniel (9:3) or concerning the city of Nineveh (Jonah 3:6).
This is a great resource for understanding what Lent is about and some history behind it. Bruce’s blog also has many other great resources.
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Our hope for our church leading up to Easter is that this season of Lent will be a time of repentance and renewal.
On Good Friday April 22 we will be hosting a night of musical worship and then we will come back together to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Sunday April 24th.
We will be posting different resources for everyone during this Lenten season.